The CDC reported that in 2014, more than 10 percent of all Americans above the age of 11 had used illicit drugs within the prior month. More than 2 percent had used prescription drugs for reasons other than valid medical purposes.
From 2009 to 2013, an annual average of 73,000 adolescents, or about 8.9 percent of the state’s population in that age group, reported that they had used illicit drugs during the month before they were surveyed. Although this percentage was slightly lower than the national average starting in 2009, the gap steadily closed until Georgia’s adolescent drug use surpassed the countrywide level during the 2012 to 2013 period.
From 2012 to 2013, 35.6 percent of Georgians between the ages of 12 and 17 reported that they didn’t perceive smoking at least one pack of cigarettes daily to be a big risk. About 56.5 percent felt that drinking more than five drinks once or twice each week was similarly nonhazardous.